Mount Richmond Forest Park

Mount Richmond Forest Park is a forest park in New Zealand, administered by the Department of Conservation.[1]

Mount Richmond Forest Park
Mount Richmond Forest Park
LocationSouth Island, New Zealand
Nearest cityNelson
Coordinates41.47°S 173.35°E / -41.47; 173.35
Area165,946.5 hectares (410,063 acres)
Governing bodyDepartment of Conservation

Established in 1977, the forest park is located between Nelson and Marlborough and consists of 1,659 km2 (641 sq mi) of conservation estate.[2][3] Around 80% of the area is covered in bush. The most notable peak in the forest park is Mount Richmond, which has an elevation above sea level of 1,760 metres (5,770 ft).[4]


Te Araroa uses some of the 250 kilometers of tracks and huts in the forest park.[5]


The future park was the location of New Zealand's first deadly civilian aviation incident associated with regular passenger air service. On 7 May 1942, a plane flying from Wellington to Nelson hit Mount Richmond, causing both pilots and the three passengers to lose their lives. A subsequent investigation found a burnt out plane and no survivors on the upper slopes of Mount Richmond.[6]